The biggest threat to AI and AI content generation is the freak issues around content simplicity that have gradually happened. As content has moved to video and quick formats the vast amount of data that is at our fingertips has been minded down to bite sizes that usually hold a bias in it. It’s not till it’s too late we realize that the information that we are consuming may be wrong. It takes a lot to change someone’s mind than it is to deliver the trust correctly the first time.
Now AI is just fuel to the fire of summed-up content from the internet that (let’s be real might not even be true) and delivered to someone from a prompt like “10 ways to get a girl” or “Fun things to do camping”
Sounds like a BuzzFeed article…
but also a thread…
and also an AI prompt…
We seek easy summarized answers because that is what has been delivered to us for years and years. So it’s unsurprising when newer AI props want to deliver that information just like that.
It’s easier to digest and it’s simple, but at what risk to the end user?
The written text seems to be unhinged and so much of an automated process now that the feeling of writing is so scripted that opinions are the only pieces with feelings anymore. Yet still has common traits of bias and unproven narratives just like AI. Thrusting the issue in the same trajectory as all other content.
It’s troubling to realize that now in this day and age, a 10,000 word essay with research and references can carry just as much weight (or even less) than a 20 second TikTok video.
I happened to be rewatching The X-Files while writing this article and a quote really hit home, the relevance after almost 30 years is unbearably sad.
See, whenever an issue requires any real thought, any serious mental effort, people turn to UFOs and sea serpents and Sasquatch. Afternoon talk shows and tabloid TV — they’ve reduced our attention span to the length of a sound bite so that soon our ability to think will be as extinct as the Rana sphenocephala frog.
Dr. Paul Farraday